A whopping P1 million-peso cash prize, rewards from challenges and the chance to shine as a culinary A-lister – these are all at stake in the biggest cooking-reality game show on television, Kitchen Superstar.
Hosted by restaurant owner and chef Marvin Agustin, "Kitchen Superstar" premiered last Monday, April 4, on GMA-7. The cooking-reality game show will test the culinary skills of cook-contestants from all over the country. The contestants are from the auditions that were held in seven key areas in the Philippines – NCR, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Davao , Naga, Cebu and Iloilo .
“The positive response from the auditions shows just how rich our culinary culture and traditions are. This is the show not just for foodies but for every Pinoy,” Program Manager Karen Lumbo said.
The Top 3 from each area will converge in Manila on Day 1 of the "Kitchen Superstar" Showdown. The cook-contestants have to survive various kitchen showdowns to ensure that they emerge as the grand prize winner.
The Kitchen Showdowns - Mega-Showdown, Prize Showdown and Elimination Showdown – will not only test the contestants’ cooking skills but may also stretch them to their physical and/emotional limits. Every week, with the various showdowns, contestants stand to win more prizes and perks.
“One of the things I love about this cooking-reality game show is that it specifically gives a chance to those who have not been professionally trained to cook. These could be people who could not afford culinary training or those who own a simple and humble carinderia; as long as they qualify and have a passion for cooking, they have the chance to compete and pursue their dreams,” Marvin said.
"Kitchen Superstar" will have an interesting mix of judges – from the common carinderia cook to turo-turo regular customers to professional chefs and celebrities. The judges will determine who gets eliminated every week.
Three finalists each from NCR, Pangasinan and Iloilo, while two finalists each from Naga and Davao and one finalist each from Cebu and Pampanga completes the Top 15 of Kitchen Superstar.
1. Maria Marlene Carlos - NCR
2. Arabella Padilla - NCR
3. Fe Dorina De Paz - NCR
4. Riza Cruz - Pampanga
5. Joer Rosal - Naga
6. Sonny Azarcon - Naga
7. Teresa Lledo - Pangasinan
8. Janice Andaya - Pangasinan
9. Dolph Gonzales - Pangasinan
10. Michael John Nicasio - Cebu
11. Judiel Trogani - Iloilo
12. Red Zamora - Iloilo
13. TJ Temelo - Iloilo
14. Jetro - Davao
15. Ms.Aileen - Davao
Who will shine and become the very first Kitchen Superstar? Watch Kitchen Superstar weekdays before Eat Bulaga!, on GMA-7.